Dani Hernandez has been working in the mortgage business for more than 11 years. In 2006, she started originating loans and moved into underwriting in 2009. By working on both sides of the process, Dani possesses a unique understanding of the mortgage lending process compared to other industry professionals. Dani is currently the head of compliance and underwriting at Newcastle Home Loans.
Question: I have a borrower who is looking to purchase a new home. They are employed by a large corporation and qualify for the loan using only their W-2 income. However, the borrower has a Schedule E loss on their tax returns from Self-Employment through an S-Corporation. If the borrower qualifies using only their W-2 income, do I need to include the self-employment loss in their debt-to-income ratio? Click for the answer!
In this week's edition of Ask the Underwriter, Dani Hernandez answers a query about student loan cash-out refinances, how they're different from traditional cash-out refinance loans, and how to market the loans to your borrower.
On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled that the protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program recipients must stay in place and that the government must resume accepting new applications for the program. This is great news for the Dreamers! But what does it mean for DACA borrowers who are looking to buy a new home this spring? This week, Underwriter Dani Hernandez provides a walk through of the FHA’s guidelines and explains the documentation needed to get your DACA borrowers into a new home using FHA financing.
Can a borrower who is married but living separately from his spouse, who makes the mortgage payments, qualify for a Freddie Mac Home Possible mortgage? Underwriter Dani Hernandez breaks down how to qualify for a Home Possible loan with ownership interest in other properties.
Ask any mortgage professional and they will tell you if you use an FHA loan to buy a new home, you must make a Minimum Required Investment equal to 3.5% of the purchase price or appraised home value (whichever is less). Most of these "experts" will also tell you this means the minimum down payment and cash due from the borrower at closing must be equal to 3.5%, and they will insist your out-of-pocket cost cannot be any less. And this misconception is so widely believed that it caused a bit of panic in my office this week. Read on to find out about how a little loophole helps avoid this problem...
Question from a loan officer: I have a borrower who is a DACA recipient. Their Employment Authorization Card was just renewed in February but with all of the uncertainty regarding the DACA Program, is it still possible for them to get a mortgage loan?
Your borrower finally found the perfect house! They send you a copy of the executed sales contract and everything is great…until you notice that the window treatments are listed as personal property to be included in the sale. Suddenly, you’re having flashbacks of your underwriter losing their $^!# because the last sales contract you sent included a lengthy list of personal items from the seller’s “Custom Man Cave” to be included in the deal. These are just window treatments though… no big deal… or is it?! Keep reading to find out!
When co-borrower income that is derived from self-employment is not being used for qualifying purposes, the lender is not required to document or evaluate the co-borrower’s self-employment income (or loss). Any business debt on which the borrower is personally obligated must be included in the total monthly obligations when calculating the debt-to-income ratio.
Ask the Underwriter is a regular column for HousingWire's new LendingLife newsletter. It features real questions asked to, and answered by, professional mortgage underwriter, Dani Hernandez. In this edition, Hernandez answers temporary employment income questions.
In the days following the 2016 election, business leaders across many industries were hopeful that the new president would make good on his promise of widespread deregulation. Banks and other financial institutions were especially optimistic. Here at last was the relief they had been looking for. Or not.
Even Hollywood knows better than to produce a sequel when the original movie is truly, horrifically bad. That’s why, thankfully, we haven’t seen sequels to such all-time cinematic disasters as Howard the Duck, Gigli, The Last Airbender, Jack and Jill, Glitter, or Battlefield Earth. Which brings us, in an admittedly roundabout way, to the question of whether we’re about to see a sequel of sorts in the mortgage industry: The Return of the Subprime Loan.
With FHFA director Mel Watt’s term due to expire in January 2019, the question of whether to move ahead on some version of administrative reform may rest with his successor. In the meantime, policy makers would be well-served to work together to come to some agreement on options for administrative reform. At a minimum, agreeing on a common definition would be a good first step.